The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Banquet Recognizes Businesses, Volunteers, Community Leaders
From restaurant owners to non-profit leaders, The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce honored all facets of the community who are moving the City of Portage in the right direction.
The awards banquet has been a long-time tradition of The Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce for more than two decades, according to Executive Director Nancy Simpson.
The Crossroads Chamber of Commerce proved once more that they can not only help to drive local economic growth and recognize persons of significant distinction in the region - they can throw a pretty mean party, too.
Continuing the culture of growth and unification that they have strived for since the 2009 merger of the Greater Crown Point Chamber of Commerce and Merrillville Chamber of Commerce, Tonight’s annual gala event saw a packed house fill the seats at Avalon Manor, with more than 500 guests gathering to represent over 100 local businesses. This year’s event featured a silent auction, a full-service bar, dinner and dancing to live music.
A little cold and rain couldn’t deter the La Porte community on Saturday afternoon as 25 local breweries and wineries gathered at the La Porte Civic Auditorium for the 3rd Annual La Pour Brew and Wine Fest. Still in its infancy, this festival was packed to the gills inside the auditorium which was filled with every kind of beer and wine that an aficionado could desire.
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, Shoreline Brewery and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) are teaming up to create #GivingBrewsDay, a homegrown, Michigan City way of celebrating #GivingTuesday, the annual global day of giving.
Veterans Day has been a national holiday, honoring individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces of our great country since 1938. Northwest Indiana, The Region, has its fair share of both active and retired military personnel, including over a dozen activities around the area being held to honor our local heroes, both active and retired. This year, the City of Hammond Parks Department hosted their 4th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Parade. The parade’s Grand Marshal and keynote speaker, Hammond’s 4th District Councilman and US Army Vietnam Veteran, William Emerson, Sr., 18th Combat Engineer Brigade, spoke about what makes the Hammond parade so special what it meant for him to be a major participant in it.
Hannah’s Hope 8th Annual Craft and Vendor Fair on Saturday was fun for the whole family and community. What better way to start the holiday season then with a cookie crawl, kids and canvas, shopping, and even an appearance by Santa himself? On that cold morning at Portage High School, the smiles of all the kids warmed everyone’s heart. The event was not only a fun-filled gathering but it also benefited Hannah’s Hope, a charity providing help for kids with special needs.
Cheer on your favorite MMA fighter on Friday, November 24 at HFC35 Black and Blue, featuring a lightweight bout between Corey Jackson and Brian Akins. The bouts start at 7 pm; tickets, starting at $40, are available at ticketmaster.com and in the Blue Chip Gift Box.
Every year for the past five years, Ideas in Motion Media has held their Annual Good Life Awards. With this year being the sixth time they have honored people and nonprofits in the local communities that have gone above and beyond the call of duty and ventured into a passionate benevolence.
“A Christmas Story” came out in movie theaters in 1983. Since then it has been a staple of American Christmas tradition and is almost as iconic as the Coca-Cola Santa Claus. All of us have a memory from when we watched it as children or when we introduced it to our own children. So many of the scenes are classic and still hilarious even 40 years later. What most don’t know, is that the film is based upon a book written by Jean Shepherd. And that the book was based upon his childhood in Hammond.